26th Jun2020

‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’ Review (June 24th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Julie Newmar can kiss my ass! There’s a great tag match in here that is worth the wait. Dynamite starts now..!!

Match #1: Wardlow (with MJF) def. Luchasaurus (with Marko Stunt and Jungle Boy)

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They were swinging from the fences at the outset of the match! Luchasaurus was taken down by a stiff lariat from Wardlow. “Wardlow just opened some eyes in a big way,” said Jim Ross. Wardlow tossed Luchasaurus into the ring and Wardlow went for another suplex but Luchasaurus escaped. Luchasaurus managed to get some kicks in before Wardlow took him down again. Wardlow didn’t have the advantage for long as Luchasaurus whipped up more of those high kicks to Wardlow! Both competitors fought on the top rope until Wardlow sent Luchasaurus crashing down with a superplex! The two behemoths continued to battle in the center of the ring, with each countering one another’s power moves! Wardlow powerslammed Luchasaurus onto the ramp! Luchasaurus got to his feet and hit a shooting star press from the ramp down onto Wardlow and the lumberjacks! MJF distracted referee Rick Knox, giving Wardlow enough time to connect with a low blow and then his F-10 finisher on Luchasaurus for the pin! “The low blow is what did the deal,” said Jim Ross.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This went really well. Wardlow was like a cannonball strapped to a rocket. Luchasaurus just couldn’t stop topping himself with every move. I got more out of this clash of the titans than I did with the one with Voldemort. Sometimes, things just work and this is an example of how a match can start off exciting and end being thrilling. Wow, I’m a terrible writer.

Match #2: Hikaru Shida def. Red Velvet

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Shida was decked on the outside of the ring by Penelope Ford before the match began! Shida wasted no time and hit Red Velvet with the running knee and the Falcon Arrow, scoring the victory over her opponent! Shida immediately ran back to the outside of the ring to give Ford her receipt for striking her before the match! Shida and Ford had to be separated from one another as the action got out of hand!

My Opinion: 0.1 out of 5 – This was a few seconds of one kick or something like that. I hate squashes.

Match #3: Brodie Lee (with Silver and Reynolds of The Dark Order) & Colt Cabana def. Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss

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Kiss used agile offense on Brodie Lee before Brodie dumped him on his tailbone! Janela tagged in and was greeted by a shoulder block by Brodie. Kiss and Janela utilized impressive tandem tactics on Cabana before Brody came to Cabana’s aid. The Dark Order minions hopped up to the ring apron, distracted Sonny Kiss, and then blasted him with a cheap shot. Cabana didn’t see this happened, but he definitely seized the moment and dropped a bionic elbow on a dazed Kiss. Janela was tagged in and hit a crossbody press from the top on Cabana, and then a Death Valley Driver! Janela and Kiss each hit high risk dives off the top to the outside onto their opponents! Sonny Kiss hit a 450 splash on Cabana, but Brodie saved Cabana before the three count! Brodie nearly took off Janela’s head with the discus lariat and then Cabana jumped on “The Bad Boy” for the pin fall victory! “Mr. Brodie Lee serving up the victory for Cabana on a silver platter,” said Excalibur.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – There’s nothing bad here, but the match needed some more time to get a good rhythm.

Match #4: #FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) def. SCU (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian)

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Dax and Cash worked over Frankie’s arm, focusing on that single body part like Arn and Tully would do back in the day. Daniels was tagged in and headbutted Cash. “Tempers are flaring here,” said Jim Ross. Both teams began to slug it out as things broke down in the ring! “We’ve got ourselves a donnybrook here,” said Excalibur. SCU isolated Cash in the corner and showed off some of their next level, world class tag team offense on him. “This has been an absolute master’s class in tag team wrestling by two of the best teams in our sport,” noted Excalibur. Dax finally managed to tag in and used a slingshot suplex on Daniels. He rolled up Daniels for the near fall. Daniels retaliated out of instinct with a clothesline to Dax. Frankie took down Cash with a clubbing lariat! Cash floated over on a suplex attempt, but Frankie countered with a backstabber for a two count! Cash catapulted Daniels into #FTR’s corner. After a legal tag, Dax dropped a leg off the turnbuckle onto Daniels. Moments later, SCU connected with a powerbomb neck breaker combination on Dax, but it wasn’t enough to finish #FTR! After some misdirection, #FTR beat SCU with the Goodnight Express on Christopher Daniels! “This match was a salute to tag team wrestling!” said Jim Ross.

My Opinion: 4.3 out of 5 – Good old-fashioned tag team wrestling done right is what we got here. These guys actually wrestled and made it count, every step of the way. There’s no reliance on bumps or obsession with spots a dependence on stunts…just smart, logical wrestling. Somewhere, Vince Russo is shitting himself smelling the scent of rasslin’ and that makes me happy. If you don’t like your matches making sense, then this will piss you off. Tag wrestling needs more matches like this and, if you dig diamonds in the rough, then you know how much it’s worth the effort to find the shine. This match was great. I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

Match #5: Brian Cage def. Jon Cruz

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Cage absolutely mauled his opponent here! He quickly finished Cruz after he powerbombed him from the ramp, over the top rope, and into the ring! Cruz landed halfway across the ring! Then Cage picked up his opponent with ease and planted him for the decisive victory!

My Opinion: 1.7 out of 5 – This was a filthy squash match!

Match #6: (Main Event) Matt Hardy (with NEO-1 drone) def. Santana (with Ortiz)

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They locked up in the center of the ring. Santana pushed Hardy into the turnbuckle and began chopping him and connecting with jabs to the abdomen. Hardy backdropped Santana over the top to the floor! On the outside of the ring, Hardy headbutted Santana and then whipped him into the steel guardrail. Hardy began to bite Santana’s fingers! Ortiz distracted Hardy, who got hung up in the ropes. With the help of his partner, Santana smelled blood in the water and got the upper hand on Hardy! Ortiz got more and more involved, practically making this a two-on-one match. Hardy went for the Side Effect, but Santana flipped out of it and planted Hardy in the center of the ring. As an homage to Inner Circle’s leader Chris Jericho, Santana used a lionsault on Hardy for a near fall! On the top turnbuckle, Santana headbutted Hardy. Santana went for the frogsplash but Hardy moved out of the way in the nick of time! Hardy and Santana exchanged right hands! Hardy got the better of Santana after an elbow and then a lariat! Hardy caught Santana with the Side Effect but Santana kicked out at one! Hardy tried a second Side Effect on Santana and Santana escaped again! Hardy hit a third Side Effect and Santana still kicked out! Hardy was looking for the Twist of Fate when Ortiz jumped onto the ring apron to distract Hardy and the ref. After reversing a roll-up, Matt Hardy surprised Santana with the pin!

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Santana looked good here, but Matt was much slower than usual. There’s plenty of good moves here, but moves don’t make a match, especially when they feel like they go as fast as molasses. The Monkees are better looking than me and this match…boy I wanted to like this, but it just didn’t work out that way, because the wrestling could never make it outta first gear.

News Of The Night:

  1. Chris Jericho brawled with Orange Cassidy and split OC’s ear open.
  2. Big Swole threw trash on Britt Baker.
  3. The Butcher & The Blade and The Lucha Bros. challenged #FTR and The Young Bucks to a match at Fyter Fest.
  4. Lance Archer attacked Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela.
  5. Brodie Lee and Colt Cabana fight SCU at Fyter Fest.
  6. Cody (Rhodes) and Jake Hager had a press conference that ended…lamely.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

The 4.3 match, along with the opener, is just enough for me to give this a good rating. Fyter Fest seems like a solid show, but I’d rather they go with more marquee matches, rather than these house show bouts (Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy sounds great though).

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